Wärtsilä is supporting a project aimed at creating the world''s first autonomous marine transport system.

"This is an important and ambitious project and we are very happy to be involved. Wärtsilä is contributing its technological know-how and experience and fully supports the project's goals.

”We are happy to work and cooperate with other industry players for the ultimate benefit of the industry as a whole," said Mikael Simelius, vice president, marketing, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

The initial focus will be on developing a fully autonomous system for the Baltic Sea by the year 2025, with cargo ships and freight transportation being the first pilot applications.

This programme is being largely financed by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for innovation and the ecosystem platform is being handled by DIMECC, a leading breakthrough oriented co-creation ecosystem provider.

Main corporate investors in the programme, apart from Wärtsilä, are Rolls-Royce, Cargotec, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, and Tieto.

By Anne-Marie Causer